Doctor Who helps Tate explain the big ideas in art

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 October 2013

He may be yet to begin his tenure as BBC Time Lord Doctor Who, but Peter Capaldi has already put his persuasive powers and profile to good use by helping Tate unlock the mysteries of art.

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Capaldi, who has already been reported as shopping for his new Doctor Who outfit in readiness for replacing Matt Smith in the Doctor Who Christmas special, joins TV comic Frank Skinner and Alan Cumming and other celebrities in the new series of Tate films which aims to unlock big ideas that have shaped art history.

Frank Skinner kicks the series off with an exploration of Performance Art and its origins, from DADA to Joseph Beuys.

Skinner's film, which includes the TV funnyman explaining a variety of concepts and people as wide ranging as Happenings, Fluxus, Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth, also explores how Performance Art has helped to challenge oppressive regimes, and how it makes us question the way we perceive the world around us.

The new Doctor, meanwhile, is reported to be tackling Surrealism. The last time the Time Lord became entangled in the artworld was in 1979, when the habitually surreal Tom Baker grappled with an alien called Scaroth who was plotting to steal the Mona Lisa.

Eight films are to be made – one released each month. They have been funded by Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. See Le Méridien ‘Unlock Art’ microsite: for more.

Watch Frank Skinner on Performance Art below.

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